The Granvia is probably the nicest hotel closest to the station, but it is not as nice as the Kyoto Granvia. If you don't mind staying closer to the Peace Park, try the ANA for a very nice hotel.
I'd also recommend going for a hotel near the Peace Park as being located by the main train station is not so convenient when it comes to sightseeing around the city. For the sake of travelling for 15 minutes from the station when you arrive, you could stay in a central hotel and be within walking distance of most of Hiroshima's attractions as well as having plenty of choice when it comes to restaurants and bars.
I've just spent a few days in Hiroshima and found the public transportation (like almost everywhere in Japan) to be clean, comfortable, efficient and relatively easy to use. They have a great tram system and you're never likely to be far from a tram stop. Even a taxi from the station to a central hotel wouldn't cost you too much.
Thank you for your advise.
So I guess we better change our plans and stay close to the Peace Park. The point is to see as much as possible in one or two days and keep going to other cities. Now we have to find a nice and still affordable hotel somewhere close to the best sights. Any recommedations...???
As mentioned above, there's the ANA Crowne Plaza, a lovely hotel in a great location. However, whether that's affordable or not really depends on how much you're willing to spend. The strength of the Japanese yen at the moment is making things a lot more expensive! Close to the Crowne Plaza is the Comfort Inn Otemachi, again in a very good location but definitely a less luxurious option. Very small rooms and basic amenities, but clean, modern, comfortable and reasonably priced.
There are actually two Comfort Hotels located within a block of each other. They are on a trolley line that goes to the main train station and are a short walk from Peace Park. I've stayed twice at the Comfort Hotel Hiroshima (not the Comfort Hotel Otemachi); it's clean and adequate and you get a free breakfast. Try the www.choicehotels.com website for making reservations. For the best maps showing the locations of hotels in Japan, try the Rakuten hotel website.
Comfort looks ok - thanks for the tip.
Does anyone know Toyoko Inn Hotels in Hiroshima?
Is anyone of them close to the Peace Park and museums? Are they ok too? What about the breakfast in Toyoko Hotels?
There are several Toyoko Inns in Hiroshima; their Heiwa Odori location is the closest to Peace Park, but the two Comfort Hotels are closer to Peace Park.
Toyoko Inn breakfast is typically rice balls, little pickles, miso soup, tea, and coffee. Comfort Hotels typically serve the same plus bread, cereal, orange juice, fruit, and salad.
Toyoko Inns are generally newer than Comfort Hotels in Japan. Toyoko Inns have very small rooms, but are well-designed, well-managed, clean, and pleasant. All Toyoko Inns are pretty much identical. Comfort Hotels are similar in concept, but tend to be older buildings than Toyoko Inns, and there is more variation in design from one Comfort Hotel to another.
Just near the Comfort Hotel Otemachi is the Hotel Sunroute. You didn't mention your budget but this is mid-range and a lovely hotel.
I would also endorse the Comfort Hotel.
We stayed there for 3 nights in 2005. There is a decent self-service buffet style breakfast provided ~ at least it was when we were there.
We considered it excellent value for the price. It is currently showing a rate of around 8400 yen per night for a double/twin room in mid-May this year.
It is around a 10 minute walk to the Peace Park and around the same to the shopping area. Less than half-an-hour's walk will comfortably get you to Hiroshima Castle, and Shukkein Garden is also walkable ~ probably about an hour without hurrying.